Hearts Leap Beginnings

Community Subscriber

Berkeley, CA

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Childcare Center
DSS Facility License #: 
International Child Resource Institute
heartsleapschool [at] gmail.com
2640 College Ave
Maximum Capacity: 
Language(s) Spoken: 
English, Italian, Spanish
Ages Served: 
3 months - 30 months
Monthly Cost: 
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
8:00am - 5:30pm
Additional Services & Features: 
Part-time available, Year-round, Snacks provided, Organic options, Vegetarian options, Special diet support, Cloth diapers accepted, Potty training support
Editors' Notes: 
About Our Program: 

Hearts Leap Beginnings offers responsive care for infants and toddlers (up to 30 months). At Hearts Leap Beginnings we believe that every child deserves a safe, loving, responsive, and dynamic environment where they can develop secure attachments and a sense of trust in the people and world around them. Through extensive communication with parents, we ensure that each child receives consistent and individualized care.

Parent Q&A

Recent experiences with Hearts Leap Beginnings? Apr 24, 2019 (4 responses below)
Hearts Leap new beginnings program Mar 27, 2018 (2 responses below)
  • We're looking into daycares for our son, and are wondering if anyone has experiences to share about Hearts Leap Beginnings in Berkeley. It looks like a newer program with fewer reviews here, any recent parent experiences would be very appreciated, thanks!

    Hi there! We joined Hearts Leap Beginnings when my son was about 9-10 months old (a few months after they opened); he just turned 2 years old a couple of weeks ago. He'll move up to Hearts Leap (preschool) in September. This is an added bonus to joining the Beginnings program, as it helps in getting a spot for the preschool (we really didn't want to have to do a whole new search for a preschool when it came time for that).

    We love HLB -- it's a beautiful space, and the teachers and staff are truly wonderful. Generally speaking, they follow a RIE-inspired approach, but with genuine warmth and kindness. It's pricier than other options, but you get an extremely high quality of care. They also encourage/cultivate a sense of community by organizing regular breakfast events, and an annual picnic, so you can get to know the other parents and children at the school. 

    Parents in the program are expected to fulfill some volunteer hours every school year, as an FYI. This can be done by doing a few loads of laundry, going snack shopping (parents are reimbursed for this), serving as room parent, etc. 

    If I had to nitpick, I would say that it's a bit of a bummer that they don't provide lunch. I understand why they can't provide lunch, but it would be nice if they did. They provide plenty of snacks, however.

    Happy to answer any other questions! 

    We started our 18 month old there last fall and he loves it. Teachers are caring and attentive but also great at steering behavior and dealing with toddler emotions.  

    Only downside is parents have to pack food, cost, and they close more often then other centers.

    But overall we have been extremely happy and our child has flourished.

    We have two kids at Hearts Leap and have really enjoyed our experience there. A lot of the teachers have Masters degrees and encourage the children's development in all areas by constantly changing the environment and toys available, taking the children outdoors (even the really young ones) and constantly interacting through singing, reading, etc. They have also been great with potty training, which not every daycare is willing to do. 

  • Hearts Leap new beginnings program

    (2 replies)

    hi all,

    we’re considering hearts leap for our child and wondered if anyone had experience with their new “beginnings” program for infants/toddlers. 

    And for those who have been at the regular school for multiple years, have you ever had challenges with getting the schedule you wanted from year to year?

    Thanks in advance!

    We're new to the Beginnings program (on week 4 now), but we're really pleased! Caretakers are great with the little ones, and the space is beautiful.

    We've been really happy with HLB. The teachers are responsive to the needs of each child and are respectful in their caregiving. There is a lot of independent play time but with thoughtful activities set up that the kids can choose to engage with. In the older Aspen Room, it feels more like a 2's preschool class but with a little extra love (which could be a challenge if your child isn't ready for that). They are a few downsides - they aren't flexible with things like switching schedules and there are some administrative hiccups / lack of responsiveness that seem related to the fact that the program is so new. But overall, it's been a wonderful experience and we're happy to be there. 

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We sent both of our kids to Hearts Leap, which is part of the International Child Resource Institute. There are two schools and they have several sister schools. It's one of the higher priced preschools, but the environment is nurturing and loving and the teachers are excellent.